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The Exception

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David Leveaux

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About the Movie

A riveting World War II thriller that is filled with espionage and romance in equal measure, The Exception follows German soldier Stefan Brandt (Jai Courtney) as he goes on a mission to investigate exiled German Monarch Kaiser Wilhelm II (Christopher Plummer). The Kaiser lives in Huis Doorn, a secluded mansion just outside of Utretcht in the Netherlands, and as Germany is taking over Holland, the country’s authorities are concerned that Dutch spies may be watching the Kaiser. As Brandt begins to infiltrate the Kaiser’s life in search of clues, he finds himself drawn into an unexpected and passionate romance with Mieke (Lily James), one of the Kaiser’s maids whom Brandt soon discovers is secretly Jewish. When Heinrich Himmler (Eddie Marsan), Head of the SS, makes an unexpected visit with a large platoon of Nazis in tow, the stage is set for a breathtaking showdown, as secrets are revealed, allegiances are tested, and Brandt is forced to make the ultimate choice between honoring his country and following his heart.

Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews


  • Reviews Counted: 53
  • Fresh: 39
  • Rotten: 14
  • Average Rating: 6.1/10

Top Critics' Reviews

Fresh: "The Exception" is a diverting and occasionally exciting film, though it is rarely disturbing or thought-provoking in ways the material might require. – A.O. Scott, New York Times, Jun 1, 2017

Fresh: Elegant, well-acted and a good deal sexier than the material might suggest. – Peter Debruge, Variety, Jun 2, 2017

Fresh: A handsomely mounted World War II-era romantic thriller, enlivened by vibrant performances and vivid sexual encounters and inspired by a little-known footnote to history, the story of a ruler who left but never went away. – Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times, Jun 1, 2017

Rotten: Whenever Plummer is onscreen, The Exception is scintillating entertainment. Unfortunately, it gets bogged down ... – Sam Weisberg, Village Voice, May 31, 2017

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Customer Reviews

Suspense intrigue

Classic Romeo and Juliet meets world war two. Really a great movie

What a Beautiful Mess

THE EXCEPTION is one of those movies where you settle into the couch with a glass of wine and just enjoy the simplicity and slight ridiculousness of it. Does it really make sense, not at all, but you will enjoy the campiness and missmatch of it. There are 2 movies in here: one a prestige drama staring the impeccable Christopher Plummer and Janet McTeer as the exiled German Kaiser and his wife who yearn to return to their homeland and find some redemption and perhaps former glory in their twilight years. The second movie is a sexy spy thriller with Lily James and Jai Courtney who can't keep their eyes or hands off each other to overcome the prejudices instilled in the Nazis regime. It's not the best movie, but boy will you be in for a ride.

Not bad at all

I went into it kind of skeptical but it was very well done, great cinematography, a strong cast and a good story line. I thought it was definitely good and recommend it!

The Exception
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  • $9.99
  • Genre: Thriller
  • Released: 2017

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